Last year 1.2 billion photos were uploaded and shared every day. By May this year, when Mary Meeker, a former Wall Street analyst turned internet sage, released her annual internet report, the number of daily image uploads and shares was already at 1.8 billion. What is the role of the solitary image now? How does one engage a zeitgeist defined by superabundance and ceaseless accumulation, rather than singularity and pause? What to do: retreat or dive headfirst into the maelstrom? I did a bit of both.